You may have noticed that our favorite flying and biting insects are already back. Not that mosquitoes ever totally disappear, but the official mosquito season is now underway in South Florida. Spring is in the air, and so are more mosquitoes. And mosquitoes’ smaller partner-in-crime, no-see-ums, are also making waves. Some people are under the misguided impression that living by the beach protects them from these biting insects. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Are there mosquitoes by the beach? Of course, they are. And you know how much mosquitoes love water, which is where mosquitoes love to breed.

beach mosquitoesMosquitoes Enjoy Hanging Out at the Beach

Living near or at the beach sounds ideal. Who wouldn’t want to live a stone’s throw away from sand, sun, and ocean?  So beautiful and relaxing. Plus, you get that breeze off the ocean, which some people believe keeps mosquito activity at bay. It does not.  You can get mosquito bites at the beach, too. That’s because mosquitoes tend to gather wherever there’s water. Any body of water will do.

Of course, there are things you can do to help keep them from coming into your home and breeding around your property:

  • Close any open doors or windows before dusk.
  • Repair torn screens.
  • Reduce the number of breeding sites on your property: birdbaths, clogged gutters, plastic wading/kiddie pools, pots/saucers, toys, dishes/pet water bowls, fountains, buckets, and bromeliad plants which store water in their leaves or rosettes.
  • Keep your grass, shrubbery, bushes, and foliage trimmed, to keep down mosquito activity.

Another smart thing you can do to keep mosquitoes and no-see-ums off your property is to use the best mosquito misting systems – SWAT Mosquito Systems®️. We use environmentally-friendly pyrethrum, a botanical insecticide, in our systems, along with Zero-Bite, a botanical insect repellent. We also offer a rosemary oil-based product with EcoSmart Botanicals™, which is certified by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). EcoSmart products have no adverse effect on children, pets, wildlife or the environment and also will not contaminate water sources.

mosquitoes on the beachWe Can Help You Get Rid of mosquitoes and No-See-Ums Near the Beach

Keep mosquitoes and no-see-ums out of your yard with our mosquito misting systems, which works around the clock. Our engineers custom design every single system we deliver, and we stand behind our products 100 percent. Call SWAT Mosquito Systems®️ at 1-866-900-SWAT and find out how our professional, licensed technicians can help you get rid of annoying biting insects.

Whether you live at the beach, near the beach, or anywhere else, we can safely do away with mosquitoes on and around your property, so you can start enjoying it in peace again.


Living in Florida is great, especially for kids. With seemingly endless summers, they never have to worry about being stuck indoors. Unfortunately, Florida living means dealing with the ever-present problem of mosquitos and other biting insects. Here are some of the best ways to protect toddlers from biting insects.

bug bites and swelling in toddlersMinimizing Children’s Exposure

If you are looking to protect your toddler from bug bites, the first step is understanding when the bugs are out biting. Mosquitos are most active at dawn and dusk, so keeping your children indoors during these periods is a great way to begin to limit their exposure to biting insects.

You can also dress your toddlers in lighter-colored clothing, as these colors are less likely to attract insects. In addition, you can tuck their pants into their socks, make sure they are wearing long-sleeved shirts, and have them wear closed-toed shoes. Also, try to keep them away from swampy areas, or areas with standing water, as these are hotbeds for mosquitos.

Deet and Insecticides

There are a wide variety of natural mosquito and biting insect repellants on the market today. Citronella is one of the most popular of these, but they can be ineffective. This is because they often wear off quickly, or in the case of candles, their reach simply isn’t great enough.

The most effective sprays for controlling biting insects are that have the active ingredient called Deet. Deet is the most commonly added chemical found in many bug sprays. It’s an effective way to keep mosquitos, no-see-ums, and other biting insects off of those who are sprayed with the chemical. While Deet is generally harmless, there are nonetheless incidents when side effects from its use are reported. These side-effects, while relatively minor in nature, still make the use of Deet controversial, especially around toddlers.

Prevention is the Best Protection

Because of the issues with common chemical insecticides prevention is the best way to keep your toddlers safe from mosquitos and biting insects. And while minimizing their potential exposure sounds great, in places like South Florida that really isn’t practical, especially when it comes to the outdoors. We practically spend our lives outdoors down here, and with that comes the exposure to biting insects.

Fortunately, there are misting systems which can be installed to make outdoor spaces as safe as possible for your little ones. There are several mosquito misting systems on the market today. These systems help control pests in your outdoor spaces by spraying a mist which deters mosquitos, no-see-ums and biting insects. However, many of these and cookie-cutter systems, using inferior parts and are not tailored to the specific needs of each property. Worse, many of these companies don’t actually specialize in mosquito control, so they offer little regarding practical assistance or support.

SWAT Mosquito Systems®️

toddler bug bite swollen and hardAt SWAT Mosquito Systems®️, we specialize in making and installing mosquito misting systems – it’s all we do. This means that we provide the best service and the best support.

Our SWAT Mosquito Systems®️ kills mosquitoes and no-see-ums without harming the environment. We make it hard for mosquitoes and no-see-ums, but easy for you. You can turn the system off completely using the remote control or at the control panel. We’re the largest and most respected mosquito control company in Florida.

Don’t let mosquitoes invade your little slice of paradise. If you want to stop worrying about mosquitoes and other biting insects, and start enjoying your own backyard and patio, you can get your very own mosquito misting system set up right away. Call SWAT Mosquito Systems®️ at 1-866-900-SWAT and find out how our licensed technicians can help you today.


types of mosquito borne diseases

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s the start of mosquito season. This is a reminder that their bites can be dangerous and transmit diseases. Yes, mosquito bites can make you sick. Mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent around the globe, but here in Florida, the most common mosquito-borne diseases that can be transmitted to humans are West Nile Virus disease, Zika Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and St. Louis Encephalitis. People over the age of 50 are most at risk for diseases. You need to go after the source – the mosquito. The best way to get rid of mosquitos and other biting insects that spread disease is with a customized mosquito misting system.

West Nile Virus

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its findings for 2018, Florida is one of 49 states and the District of Columbia that reported West Nile infections in people, birds or mosquitos last year. Most people don’t develop any symptoms, while others will experience headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, or severe symptoms that affect the central nervous system. There are no vaccines or special antiviral treatments available.

Types of Diseases

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a rare mosquito-borne illness that occurs mostly in eastern or Gulf Coast states. Florida has reported an increase in the number of EEE cases. Mosquitos can also transmit the disease to horses and humans. Some symptoms include high fever, severe headaches, stiff neck, and sore throat. The illness, which causes swelling of the brain, kills 30 percent of its victims. Survivors typically suffer from ongoing neurological problems.

Zika Virus

The Zika virus arrived in the United States in 2016. Symptoms, which appear in only 1 in 5 cases, include fever, rash, muscle pain, and redness in the whites of your eyes. It has been linked to serious birth defects. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika, nor can it be treated with medicine. There is no cure.

St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE)

St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) was first recognized in Illinois in 1932, but quickly became an epidemic in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri one year later. Symptoms usually don’t appear until about 5 to 15 days after an infected mosquito has bitten you. Those symptoms can include fever with headache and meningitis. Besides treating the symptoms, as of now, there is no official treatment for SLE.

Take Preventive Steps

types of diseases mosquitoes carryThere are preventive steps you can personally take to protect yourself and your family from getting diseases borne by mosquitos. We all know it gets really hot in South Florida, but when outside, consider wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants. The same goes for your children, cover strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting. To keep mosquitos out of your home, repair any torn screens on doors, windows, or the lanai. Get rid of any standing water on your property which is a prime breeding ground for mosquitos. They can easily lay eggs in buckets, flower pots, kiddie pools, toys, trash containers – anything that holds water. They don’t need a lot of water to breed.

SWAT’s Mosquito Misting System Will Get Rid of Mosquitos

Perhaps the best move you can make for the ultimate protection against mosquitos is to get our unique, customized mosquito misting system installed on your property. For our mist, we use a variety of powerful botanical products, including pyrethrum, a biodegradable repellent derived from the chrysanthemum flower, along with rosemary, which repels insects. Our system will get rid of mosquitos, no-see-ums, and other biting insects that may spread disease. Call the best – SWAT Mosquito Systems®️ at (866) 900-7928 and learn how you can protect your family and enjoy your outdoor space.


small patio design ideas

Fortunately, living in South Florida affords you the opportunity to enjoy your patio and backyard throughout the year. But with spring around the corner and summer not too far away, you might be thinking of more outdoor dinner parties, backyard barbeques, and other social events. It might be time for you to upgrade your outdoor décor, making your patio area both beautiful and functional. Here are some patio ideas to enhance your space while keeping mosquitos and no-see-ums at bay.

Create a Unique Landscaping Design

The perfect landscaping around the patio and backyard can be breathtaking. Beautifully shaped bushes and shrubbery can give new life to any patio. Don’t forget to make natural bug-repellant plants – such as rosemary – part of your landscaping plans. But the best way to get rid of mosquitos and no-see-ums is with a mosquito misting system.

Upgrade Your Patio Furniture

When is the last time you bought new furniture for your patio? There are so many more seating options available. Plus, newer furniture will likely be more weather-resistant than what you currently have. Happy shopping!

Build an Outdoor Kitchen

patio designs and ideasImagine having an outdoor kitchen complete with a stove/grill, sink, and a refrigerator. How convenient is that? No more running back and forth into the house which lets bugs in. Everything you need is right there.

While you’re building your outdoor kitchen, why not add a bar? Make it complete with a sleek counter, and decorative high stools.

Upgrade Your Screens

It may be time for you to upgrade the screens on your windows, doors, and on your lanai for added protection against small bugs. Those annoying no-see-ums and gnats can easily fit through most screens. Newer screens with tighter weaves can help.

Cover Your Patio with a Tent

If you’re planning to host a special event, consider renting or buying a tent that would cover your entire patio. Think of it as an extension of your lanai.

Use Functional Décor to Keep Bugs Away

Products such as floating citronella candles and small decorative pots of fresh herbs such as sweet basil can help keep bugs away. But to get rid of insects altogether, consider using a mosquito misting system.

Install a Unique Lighting System

Think about updating the lighting around your landscaping. Innovative, energy-efficient landscape lighting systems can help save you money, and enhance the look of your patio area.

Install a Trellis as a Makeshift Roof

To add flair and ambiance to your patio dining area, consider building a trellis overhead to create an airy “roof”. Add lighting to it and adorn the area with plants and perhaps even a small tree to create an intimate outdoor dining space.

Install the Best Customized Mosquito Misting System

This is our favorite idea because when it comes to targeting mosquitos and no-see-ums, SWAT Mosquito Systems®️ works! The patio is not only a great place to entertain, but to also unwind after a stressful day. Don’t let bugs stress you even more. We can get rid of mosquitos on your property.

Get Your Patio Ready for Spring

Incorporating outdoor design trends into your decorating plans can be fun and can upgrade the value of your home – so can a customized mosquito misting system. Contact us for a free estimate. Contact us at (866) 900-SWAT (7928). Let us help you protect your beautiful outdoor oasis.